Theory of Society (Volume 1) (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Theory of Society (Volume 1) (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Niklas Luhmann


Rhodes Barrett (tr.)

This first quantity of Niklas Luhmann's two-part ultimate paintings was once in the beginning released in German in 1997. The fruits of his thirty-year theoretical venture to reconceptualize sociology, it bargains a entire description of contemporary society on a scale now not tried considering the fact that Talcott Parsons. starting with an account of the fluidity of which means and the as a result excessive improbability of winning verbal exchange, Luhmann analyzes various communicative media, together with language, writing, the printing press, and digital media in addition to "success media," akin to funds, energy, fact, and love, all of which constitution this fluidity and make conversation attainable. An research into the ways that social platforms produce and reproduce themselves, the e-book asks what provides upward thrust to functionally differentiated social structures, how they evolve, and the way social pursuits, companies, and styles of interplay emerge. the arrival of the pc and its networks, which set off in all likelihood far-reaching approaches of restructuring, obtain specific recognition. A concluding bankruptcy at the semantics of contemporary society's self-description bids farewell to the outmoded theoretical techniques of "old Europe," that's, to ontological, holistic, moral, and demanding interpretations of society, and argues that options resembling "the nation," "the subject," and "postmodernity" are enormously puffed up. of their stead, "society"—long thought of a suspicious time period by way of sociologists, one open to all types of reification—is outlined in merely operational phrases. it's the continuously doubtful solution to the query of what comes subsequent in all parts of conversation.

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